Above: Southeastern Community College's Jaylen Searles puts up a shot on Saturday, Jan. 21, during their game against Marshalltown Community College at SCC's Loren Walker Arena in West Burlington. Photo/John Lovretta
By Joe Geren
Marshalltown’s final two shots missed the mark and Southeastern Community College survived, 58-56, in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at Loren Walker Arena Saturday night.
There were 13 lead changes and the game was tied six times. SCC took the lead for good at 43-40 on a Davion Bailey 3-pointer with 13:17 left to play. Twenty-two seconds later, Bailey hit another 3-pointer for a six-point lead.
That proved to be the largest cushion the Blackhawks would enjoy the entire game.
A steal and a layup by the Tigers’ Tyler Burroughs with 2:20 left, coupled with two free throws by Trey Sinegal at 1:16, pulled Marshalltown to within a point at 56-57. But the Tigers wouldn’t score again.
Above: Southeastern Community College's Railer Vargas (32) tries to put up a shot under the basket during their game against Marshalltown Community College. Photo/John Lovretta
In the last five seconds, a Marshalltown jump shot and a putback attempt both failed, and the Blackhawks escaped with the victory.
SCC improved to 17-4 overall and 1-1 in the ICCAC. Marshalltown is 8-12 (0-1).
Bailey led all scorers with 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Isaiah Griffin had 12 points. Jack Wetzel and Jhonny Tovar both scored seven points for the Blackhawks. Railer Vargas and Jaylen Searles each scored six points and Kaden Johnson added two.
Marshalltown had three players in double figures. Sinegal led with 15 points. Zion Obaula scored 12 and Gedeon Shango added 11 points.
The Blackhawks hit the road next weekend, playing at Triton Friday and at Malcolm X on Saturday.
Above: Southeastern Community College's Davion Bailey (5) looks to pass the ball during their game against Marshalltown Community College. Photo/John Lovretta